Saga Vol. 1-4


Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

I went into reading Saga with the assumption I was getting a sci-fi action adventure. What I got instead was a story about parenthood within the setting of a space opera spread across various planets in the middle of a galactic war.

It was refreshing to read something in this genre that felt new but so relatable. I’m totally hooked and tore through all four volumes. I eagerly await the fifth.

Highly recommended.

Saga – Volume 1
Saga – Volume 2
Saga – Volume 3
Saga – Volume 4

NASA Brand Guidelines

I’ve been working on design standards definitions and a style guide for the better part of a year. I’ve reviewed many style guides during that time looking for formatting ideas and general best practices. While my style guide is UI based, I couldn’t help but admire the attention to detail that went into NASA’s brand style guide. Hat tip to the Fast Company article ‘How NASA Stays Beautiful‘ that brought my attention to this gem.

Hello Again

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything meaningful with this space. From shifting priorities, work/life balancing, to plain old exhaustion, this site has been a pretty accurate metaphor for the past year. Disarray and uncertainty.

With the new year upon us and a nice vacation involving a lot of reflection, it’s become clear that some things around here need to change.

Family is priority – This should be a given. But it’s easy to get caught up in the work life, especially when you rationalize the work life if what makes your family life possible. But that’s a copout. You can always get a new job, but you can’t get back the time not spent with your family.

Plant life – The family vegetable garden took a big hit this year not only due to bad garden weather, but also due to not making it as high a priority as it should be. This summer it’s near the top.

Passion projects – I haven’t devoted as much time to photography this past year as I would have liked. Along with rekindling my love of drawing, I’m allocating more time to personal projects this year.

Higher standards – Care about what you do and how you do it. It’s easy to let things go if they’re ‘good enough’. I’ve found myself falling for this trap a lot lately. But usually ‘good enough’ really isn’t, and it bites you in the ass down the line.

Have fun again – All of the above boils down to this. I miss the days when I used to do things for the fun of it. Most everything I do these days is because of a sense of obligation. Even things that should be fun. It’s about changing the ‘I have to do this’ feeling to ‘I want to do this’. This is my top priority this year.

One of the things I want to do is blog again. So I guess you could call this a first step.